Ambattan (Hindu traditions) in India

Ambattan (Hindu traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Ambattan (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 214,000
World Population: 214,000
Primary Language: Tamil
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.08 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Their name is derived from two ancient Sanscrit words for "to stand," and "near." Thus, their name means, "one who stands close by." Their traditional work involved being nearby; being physicians or barbers. According to legends they are the offspring of a Brahmin father and a Vaishya (business caste) mother. The Maruthuvar or Ambattan live in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry in southern India. In Tamil Nadu the Maruthuvar speak, read and write in Tamil.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They work as barbers, day laborers or own their own businesses. In Pondicherry the Maruthuvar are musicians. Some of them are farmers. Family leaders arrange marriages. In Kerala widowers can marry again. They prefer monogamous marriages, that is, between one man and one woman. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming the head of the household. A caste council looks after their interests.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is their religion. Unlike most Hindus they either cremate or bury their dead. Spiritual beliefs of Hindus are very diverse from those who worship only one god to those who worship hundreds of them to those who are philosophical and do not worship any.

What Are Their Needs?

The Maruthuvar people need to hear and respond to the invitation from the only Savior to enjoy life to the full.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Maruthuvar caste council leaders come to Jesus Christ and open the door for a disciple making movement. Pray for spiritual openness and discernment. Pray for workers to go to them.

Text Source:   Keith Carey